The Ordination Pathway
This three-fold approach is applied to two separate paths:
Conference Deacon or Ordination as an Elder
Both paths begin in the same way: When one senses a call to ministry, s/he will meet with their local church pastor to begin a process of prayerful discernment. If the individual, the pastor, and the church board are in agreement, the woman or man sensing a call to ministry will begin the journey at the first stage as a Local Ministerial Candidate (LMC). After a certain pre-determined level of mentoring, coursework, and ministry experience is met, the candidate and mentor will prayerfully determine the next steps: apply their training to continued lay ministry, enter the path toward Conference Deacon, or begin the path of Conference Ministerial Candidate (CMC) toward possible ordination as Elder in the Free Methodist Church.
What is required of someone seeking ordination as an elder in the Free Methodist Church?
We seek to develop the heart, head, and hands of women and men called into ministry through a process involving mentoring relationships, academic courses, and practical hands-on ministry. The Head, Heart, Hands model outlines 15 outcomes that are developed through the Ordination Process.
What steps are required in the process?
The required steps in the ordination process are outlined in the Free Methodist Book of Discipline.
Becoming a Conference Ministerial Candidate
The inividual is accepted by the annual conference as a conference ministerial candidate (CMC) or conference deacon candidate. The candidate also prepares for the third step through course work and service.
Becoming Ordained as Elder or Consecrated as Conference Deacon
Upon meeting the respective core competencies and approval by the conference Ministerial Education and Guidance (MEG) Board, a candidate is recommended for consecration as a conference deacon or for ordination as an elder and as elder becomes a full member of the annual conference upon approval.